Positive Rate Weekly - 2/14/17
Positive Rate Weekly - 2/14/17


from the MEC vice chairman

Last week, I asked for your help as we worked to raise $50,000 for the IND Pilots for Kids project to create a football themed room in the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. I am happy to report we reached our goal! Please see the most recent message from our IND PFK Coordinator, Dan Ferracciolo. Thank you for being so generous!

Fly safe,


Dear fellow FedEx pilots,

$52,341.27! The report from the the St. Vincent Foundation at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital (PMCH) in Indianapolis has just arrived. Thanks to your amazing generosity, we have now exceeded the $50k needed to sponsor a themed room at PMCH. On behalf of Indy PFK, the Pilots For Kids Organization, and the pilots of Council 500, thank you!

Our original goal was to be fully funded by the end of August in order to open our room before Christmas for our annual Indy PFK visit to PMCH. Thanks to the vigorous efforts of Sean McDonald, Brian Sadjak and Amy Allen of the FedEx Pilots Charitable Fund, Andy Anderson and Mike Johnson of LEC 500, FDX ALPA Communications, and one tenacious MEC Vice Chairman named John Cardaci, however, word of our effort was spread early and often to the entire crew force. You immediately responded with generous contributions and moral support for this cause. We will now be able to start the design phase in cooperation with the St. Vincent Foundation and the design firm BSA, as early as this week.

When construction of our room is complete, Indy PFK and the St. Vincent Foundation will hold a grand opening ceremony at the hospital. All are welcome to attend. Please look for design and building phase updates periodically and the date of the grand opening via FDX MEC communications.

With sincere appreciation,

Dan Ferracciolo
Indy PFK Coordinator
Secretary, Pilots For Kids Organization

PS: If you would like to learn more about the inspiration behind this campaign, please visit the Indy PFK webpage: > Members > IND

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from the mec secretary treasurer

Third Payment of the Lump Sum Signing Bonus Update

First a review, the administration of the third payment is governed by two source documents:

  1. The ALPA Admin Manual Section 40.3.J.3.f states: The MEC shall, in consultation with ALPA counsel designated by the Director of the ALPA Legal Department, set aside adequate monies from the total distribution amount into a Holdback Fund as a reserve to correct any inadvertent errors or omissions in the allocation calculation and distribution.
  2. The 2015 CBA Lump Sum Distribution Letter further states:  There will be retained from the total estimated payment, a sufficient reserve holdback, as required by ALPA Policy Section 40.3.J.3.f., of five percent (5%) of the total estimated payment.

These provisions together create a holdback designed to ensure that a small reserve fund exists so that if an error is spotted or a recalculation is later deemed necessary to fully compensate someone under the MEC allocation methodology, there are sufficient funds remaining to do so.  Once those contingencies are resolved, the remaining monies are distributed. 

So, where are we in the process and when will I be getting paid? The ALPA Admin Manual section 40.3.J describes an expedited dispute resolution process and arbitration option to correct or challenge lump sum payments. Both of those processes were completed last year. Our current efforts revolve around resolving two contingent calculation issues involving two groups of pilots that impact monies that would remain in this reserve holdback:

  1. Defining and accurately paying pilots who were on long term military leave during the amendable period and either have returned from such leave or are still on leave. Both of these groups need to be made whole from funds in the third payment based upon the crew position they returned to and/or will return to after returning from military leave. The company has provided us a list of these pilots. We are in discussions with the company about the administration of paying these pilots, and we no longer see this as a major obstacle to getting the third payment to the pilot group.
  2. The Passover pay grievance, which is a bigger obstacle. We are in discussions with the company about a grievance filed on behalf of a significant number of pilots who were denied 767 passover pay over the last few years. Some of these pilots may also need to be made whole – because like the military leave pilots described above, the amount of their retro signing bonus would depend on their pay status, which would be dependent upon the result of this pending grievance -- from funds from the holdback. Active discussions with the company are in progress  but the timeline for resolution of this grievance is presently difficult to define.  Unfortunately, until this issue is resolved, given the size of the potential change in payments involved for this group, we can’t release the third payment. 

We will keep you updated on our progress in resolving these contingent payment issues that impact the holdback. Please know that we are working to distribute the third payment to you as soon as possible. Please stay tuned for more information as we receive it. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 901-752-8749 (Ext 2011) or email at Fly safe.

MEC Meeting Minutes and Resolutions

Minutes from previous MEC meetings were approved by the MEC during the latest Tri-Annual MEC Meeting are posted here. Additionally, resolutions passed by the MEC are posted here.

Agenda Item Update

The Council 79 Agenda Item (AI 17-11) concerning benefits seminar scheduling was sent back to subcommittee by the MEC and is in work to be re-presented to the MEC at the next MEC Special Meeting.

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mem md-11 first officer needs your assistance

MD-11 First Officer Mark Mainetti recently lost his home due to a fire. Thankfully, his family escaped unharmed. Unfortunately, they only got out with the clothes on their back—everything was lost.

As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for Mark and his family. Mark will need to get off a few trips in order to work with his insurance company to set up temporary housing and purchase clothes and other items that were lost in the fire. Any FO willing to offer a PDO bump will be doing Mark and his family a huge favor. The trips Mark has available are:

Trip 32 - 19 Feb.
Trip 20 - 26 Feb.

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from the Pilot assistance committee

With the recent mandatory evacuation for cities and counties near Lake Oroville in California, we would like to remind you that if you need assistance, please contact our Pilot Assistance Committee Chairman Captain Lance Glidden at In addition, there are two emergency relief funds available to crewmembers who may need assistance.

First, the MEC established the FedEx Pilots Emergency Relief Fund in 2004. If you would like more information about this relief fund, please contact MEC Secretary-Treasurer First Officer Richard Zins at

Second, the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund is available to crewmembers as a resource intended to provide for the immediate needs of ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to a natural disaster or other large-scale catastrophe. You can apply for assistance by visiting ALPA's website at and selecting the "Pilot Resources" link on the menu bar.

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MEC Office Closed Monday, February 20

In observance of the Presidents' Day holiday, the MEC and all ALPA offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th. All offices will reopen on Tuesday, Febuary 21st.

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From the Safety and Training Committees

We recently published a joint communication regarding understanding TALPA for takeoff and landing. If you missed this important article, please click here to view it in its entirety.

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Retirement and benefits seminars for memphis and cologne bases

MEM Retirement Seminars:

The next available Retirement Counseling Seminars will be held on March 1st and 22nd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. CST at the FDX MEC Office, 1770 Kirby Parkway, Suite 300, Memphis, TN 38138.

The Retirement Seminar is geared towards pilots preparing for retirement providing general information on all pilots’ retirement benefits and the retirement process. While we encourage all pilots to attend the Retirement Seminar, preference will be given to pilots closer to retirement.

For pilots who are unable to attend in person, we will provide access to the seminar via teleconference. In order to streamline the seminars and to ensure the highest level of counseling, we are limiting each seminar to 28 slots. Spouses are welcome to attend. 

To register for a Retirement Counseling Seminar click here. Please be prepared to provide your ALPA member number. Since the seminars fill up quickly, you should register as soon as possible.

CGN Benefits & Retirement Seminar:

The R&I Committee will be holding a Benefits and Retirement Seminars for the CGN-based pilots on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Location: TBA


Saturday, March 11, 2017
Benefits Seminar – 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Retirement Seminar – 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Benefits Seminar will provide information on all FedEx and ALPA benefits available to you. The topics will include health care, life, disability, and retirement, among many others. With a focus on the benefit improvements being implemented in 2017. Since all CGN pilots will eventually be required to rotate back to the US and the domestic health plans, this will be a great opportunity to learn about what you can expect.

The Retirement Seminar is geared towards pilots preparing for retirement, providing general information on all pilots’ retirement benefits and the retirement process.

To register for the Retirement Seminar or Benefits Seminar click here.

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committee chairman position open

We are currently posting the position of Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC) Chairman. This position was previously filled by First Officer Mark Durant. Mark will soon upgrade to Captain and he wants to lighten his load a bit so he elected to step down as Chairman of this vitally important position. His resignation reminds us of the exceptional job Mark and his team performed for this pilot group during our last bargaining. The many picketing events they organized nationwide were a complete success. The effort in Memphis including the police escorted bus caravan down I-240 was truly epic. These events solidly demonstrated the unity of our pilot group. If you run into Mark, please be sure and let him know how much the sacrifices that he and his family made for our pilot group are appreciated.

In accordance with the FDX MEC Policy Manual, those pilots who desire to be considered for these positions should submit their resumes to MEC Vice Chairman Captain John Cardaci at

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From the Scheduling Committee

We've received questions regarding base hour allocation and recently published the message below for Council 123 (CGN).

Base Credit Hour Allocation

Objective: To articulate the timing of the events and process used to allocate flight hours on the same aircraft between different bases.

Facts: The timing of the process is interesting because decisions have to be made prior to having all of the concrete information. Therefore, this process (while certainly much more than a guess) does involve the expertise of Company personnel who have a long history of estimating these allocations. 

Timing: As soon as the bid-packs are published (on Thursday of Build Week), the Company immediately begins looking toward the next bid period to determine how many credit hours needs to be allocated to the different bases. This process includes looking at the number of pilots forecast to be available, vacations scheduled, and an estimate of the number of pilots who will be in pay-only status/MLA/SCK. Therefore, on Friday after bid pack publication, MEM MD11 numbers (flight & credit hours) are evaluated and that result determines how many hours need to be distributed to LAX and ANC. 

The following week, the determination is made and given to the specific MD11 planner who evaluates the proposed flying and decides which types of trips would best achieve the allocated credit hours. During this same week, numbers are evaluated for the B757/B767. Again, the numbers are then given to the planner to decide how best to shift flying in order to comply with the targets. 

During the following weeks, the shift in flying is finalized as the preliminary pairing (PRELIMS) construction process is completed. The Prelims are then provided by the Company to the PSIT, which is the first time the PSIT is made aware of the shift in flying. During the Prelim scrub process and week just prior to build week, tweaks are made and sometimes flying is shifted to accommodate specific concerns.

The Final pairings are then generated and the credit hours are allocated to specific bases. However, it is not until the Wednesday of build week that the Company selects, and knows definitely, the number of vacation buybacks that will occur. In addition, the Company doesn’t know until about the same time the number of pilots that will be Pay-Only (LCA/Flex/TAA/etc.). Thus, the Company has to assume numbers that will protect the flying. At times the estimated numbers will be off somewhat given the approximation that occurs as a result of the timeline.

Summary: The allocation of credit hours between bases is a process that aims to equalize aircraft, pilots and flight hours. It involves many assumptions and tends to follow historical selections for types of flying.

Matt Gandy                Memphis 757/767 Pilot Improvement Team
Marty Harrington      Scheduling Improvement Group Chairman

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from the scheduling committee

Disputed Pairing Process
Since the December 2015 bidpack, there has been a new Disputed Pairing procedure. Many pairings that may have been disputed under the old CBA are now being referred to the Fatigue Event Review Committee (FERC) and ultimately the Fatigue Risk Management Group (FRMG) for analysis.

The FERC consists of two union members and two company members. The new CBA delineates their responsibilities to evaluate disputed pairings:

25.BB.E.5. FRMG Track (Fatigue-Related Disputes Only)

a. If the only underlying rationale for the dispute is based on a fatigue-related concern, the dispute must follow the FRMG track. 

b. The SIG shall transmit to the FERC the written rationale explaining why each pairing should be changed. 

c. The FERC shall analyze the pairing for its impact on pilot alertness. At a minimum this will include the fatigue model output of the Company and Association’s fatigue modeling software.

i. The FERC shall attempt to reach consensus on a recommendation to:

(a) Have the pairing rebuilt; or
(b) Perform data collection on the pairing.

In the past, we have listed the disputed pairings every month in the SIG Notes. If the disputed pairing is sent along the FRMG route, we are unable to list them as per 25.BB.E.5.d.iv: There is no monthly list of disputes published, but there are still disputed pairings.

Pilot fatigue reports and sleep data collection directly aid the FRMG in evaluating pairings. If you feel fatigue was a factor during a trip, we encourage everyone to fill out a fatigue report. If you have any questions concerning fatigue, please feel free to contact Pat Hagerty, ALPA Fatigue Risk Management Chairman or Rob Bassett, ALPA Fatigue Risk Management Vice-Chairman at

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from the jumpseat and professional standards committees

Jumpseat Etiquette and Courtesy

Remember that jumpseating is a privilege and not a right. The following etiquette guidelines and restrictions should always be observed while exercising jumpseat privileges:

  • Remember, jumpseating as a FedEx ALPA pilot is a privilege requiring professional conduct at all times. While you have indeed earned the privilege, always remember to ask the captain’s permission and offer thanks for the ride, even if occupying a cabin seat. FARs require the captain to know you are on board, and they also establish full, unfettered authority to the PIC in approving all request. When off line, identify yourself as a jumpseater to the flight attendants when boarding. Never let an agent or flight attendant rush you past the cockpit without asking the captain’s permission. Some airlines require non-revenue passengers and jumpseaters to board last and conversely deplane last. This is certainly also appropriate when it comes to boarding and deplaning, including the FedEx crew bus as well. Leave room for the operating crew and their bags first.
  • Remember that you are an additional crew member exercising the privileges of your airman certificate as an off duty pilot. That means that if you are sitting in the flight deck, keep your eyes and ears open. Wear a headset. Follow sterile cockpit rules, but speak up when necessary. Remember to turn off your cell phone as soon as you get in the cockpit, and cease text messaging. Even during cruise, it is best practice while in the cockpit to ask the captain if he/she minds if you read or do a crossword puzzle, etc. Remember, 10,000 feet and below is a sterile cockpit environment (in some cases, above 10,000 feet also) and, as an additional crewmember, reading, talking, etc. are not allowed. Your best behavior ensures jumpseat privileges in the future. Also here at FedEx, the company has carved out the rules for other access, thus allowing persons that normally are not allowed by FAR. This access is still subject to PIC authority/approval. However, you may very well be setting the example for these other categories of people on board the aircraft. Maintain the standard!
  • When off line, if offered a seat in first class by the captain, inform the lead flight attendant of this permission. A first-class seat doesn’t automatically entitle you to the same first class benefits as revenue passengers. If they can accommodate you in first class, do not drink alcoholic beverages. While you are exercising the privileges afforded you by FAR 121.547 or 121.583 (i.e., jumpseating), you are considered an additional crewmember, and the alcohol limitations of FAR 91 apply. Just because you get a seat in the back does not relieve you from this responsibility. Even when in plainclothes, remember that you are still considered an additional crewmember, and you may be required to perform duties in case of unusual or emergency circumstances. It's never about where you sit, it's about how you gain access.
  • Both on and off line, always express your gratitude to the crew when deplaning. No matter how rushed, remember to say “thank you.” Some airlines’ policies are for non-revs (including jumpseaters) to deplane last. Again, stay out of the way of revenue passengers, and provide any assistance, if necessary. Use your best judgment, especially if you stowed your bags farther aft than your seat.
  • Be polite and courteous to operating crew and gate agents. Remember never, ever let them talk you into taking the jumpseat or becoming a jumpseater on a flight for which you are ticketed—no matter how nicely they ask or what type of favor you may think you are doing them. They may even offer you vouchers, but this practice has resulted in putting reciprocal jumpseat agreements in serious jeopardy in the past. The jumpseat belongs to the captain, not the gate agent, not jumpseat admin! It is not just another seat!
  • Finally, you—our pilots are arguably some of the most professional aviators in the world. Our captains deserve the respect they have earned, and you—are all professionals that are charged self policing your behaviors to preserve this time honored safety and security priviledge.

For complete details, questions or concerns, visit your FedEx MEC Jumpseat site here.

Or visit the ALPA Air Safety Organization Jumpseat Committee site here.

And finally, there is a “short brief” in your ALPA calendar/black book.

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Membership committee welcomes new hires

The FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a “Welcome Aboard” presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our newest pilots on February 7, 2017. The class of 24 began their new hire indoctrination on February 6th. The new hires were assigned as FOs in MEM, HKG and CGN on the MD-11, Airbus, 777, 767 and 757. Our newest pilots hail from USAF, USN, USMC, USCG, Spirit, Sun Country, Southwest, JetBlue, Skywest, Frontier, GoJet, Corporate Aviation, Compass and Atlas. Please join us in welcoming them to the FedEx Pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 4604.


The Class:

Mason Peterson, Andres Pelaez, Robert Boccio, John Quint, Charles Cook, David Smith, John Ferri, Brian McCullough, Jeremy Hollis, James Luck, Dave Skowron, Nick Bolander, Cheyne DeWolfe, Doug Bodine, John Bailey, Sam Dixon, Chad Cook, Chris Coddington, Jeremy Forslin, Anthony Guidry, Bill Mosk, Johnathan Edmonds, Ali Coley and Jay Morgan.


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professional pilot - terminal checklist quiz

Professional Pilot magazine has given us permission to reprint their "Terminal Checklist" section of the magazine. Please click here to view the "February 2017 Terminal Checklist."

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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Air Facts journal

As you know, we recently received permission from Air Facts Journal to forward their online magazine to FedEx pilots. One of our very own retired pilots, Joe Crecca, currently has a featured article in the journal—"Shot Down Over North Vietnam." We hope you find this reading enjoyable.

To view more articles in Air Facts Journal, please click here.

Fly safe,

John Cardaci
MEC Vice Chairman

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schwab individual retirement and financial counseling sessions - MEM and ANC

Dates: Thursday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 23rd.

Schwab Executive Services Financial Consultants will be available in Memphis on Thursday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 23rd to conduct individual Retirement & Financial planning sessions with FedEx ALPA member pilots and their spouses. See the link below for available times. The sessions are free and scheduled for one hour in length. The slots fill up fast, so reserve yours now by clicking here.

Dates: March 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Schwab Executive Services Financial Consultants will be available in Anchorage on Wednesday, March 1st, Thursday, March 2nd, and Friday, March 3rd to conduct individual Retirement & Financial planning sessions with FedEx ALPA member pilots and their spouses. The sessions are free and scheduled for one hour in length. The slots fill up fast, so reserve yours now by clicking here.

Charles Schwab is ALPA’s preferred financial provider. Some of the benefits available for ALPA member pilots from Charles Schwab include complimentary financial planning, low-cost trading, educational online resources, etc. To learn more about the ALPA-Schwab relationship, please visit or contact Sylvia Arellano, the lead Executive Services Financial Consultant for FedEx ALPA pilots, directly at (720) 418-4200.


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